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DragonFire Features Art That's Literally Off the Wall
Published: 06/18/2010  Updated: 04/05/2018
Metal sculpture made with found & recycled materials by Linley Schetky
Metal sculpture made with found & recycled materials by Linley Schetky

DragonFire Studio and Gallery in Cannon Beach features a variety of artists creating work that is off the wall.

Perspective gives flat art ­dimension, but three-dimensional art, such as sculpture, jewelry and glass, invites us to experience all sides. It's art off the wall!

DragonFire Gallery's entry sets the stage for what's inside: multi-colored blown glass flowers by Andrew ­Holmberg, who also does birdbaths and other garden art. These larger-than-life flowers lead the visitor to several fused glass pieces by Kathy Steele: photo stands made into wave forms, fused glass fish, wall sconces and a hybrid: high fire fused glass switch plates. Are they off-the-wall or on-the-wall? The current popularity of glass pieces is also reflected in the tables made by Ann Cavanaugh and blown glass vessels, vases and bowls by Kyle Kraiter.

Working in powder-coated steel for outdoor installation, C.J. Rench forms abstract sculptures for home or commercial use. Catherine Foster has a new series of free standing painted and molded copper ­kimonos, intricate and decorative.

Clocks of composite plexiglass by David Scherer, Raku base lamps with carbon fiber shades by Will Richards, and steel, wax and paint cityscapes by ­Linley Schetky are a few more three-dimensional pieces on display at the ­gallery.

There is even a "green" wood piece. An artist's group has ­reclaimed wood left over after guitars are made, since usually only the clear straight grain is used. What's left is called "quilted maple." An example of it is an end table showing the wavy pattern which is the result of being flat-sawn. It is a distortion of the grain, unique to each piece. Other wood pieces are intriguing doorstops by Chris Kohr, made of multiple woods.

In another signature bit of ­imagination, the gallery uses radiators topped with glass shelves as display pieces. They are powder coated by an automotive shop in vibrant colors of fuchsia, turquoise and green. Alas, they are NOT for sale, but you have to see them.

Two more interesting items are pens made from handmade paper beads and graphite and polymer ­writing instruments. The beads are rolled from long strips of patterned paper around a brass core, which uses a ballpoint pen refill and the graphite writes ­using any surface of the instrument.

And, don't miss those shoes. Hand-made and hand-painted by Mark and Cody Carter, they wear like iron despite being works of art. How about Mary-Janes with cupcakes on the toes? Truly off-the-wall! - By Valerie Ryan

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